Marc R. Safran, MD

Sports medicine surgeon

Sports Medicine Clinic

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 800-717-0012
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Child and Adult Hip Preservation Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-5643
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Professional Education

Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh (1994) PA

Internship: UCLA (1988) CA

Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (1996)

Board Certification: Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2007)

Medical Education: Duke University School of Medicine (1987) NC

MD, University of Pittsburgh, Sports Med. & Shoulder Surgery (1994)

MD, UCLA, Orthopaedic Surgery (1993)

M.D., Duke University (1987)

Honors & Awards

Guest Reviewer, Aircast Foundation Granting Board (2004)

Irving Glick Award, Physician of the Year, Sanex WTA Tour (2001)

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) International Traveling Fellow, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) (2002)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Clinical Exchange Scholar, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2001)

Best Clinical Science Fellow's Paper, 1ST Place, University of Pittsburgh (1994)

Best Resident's Paper, 1ST Place, Western Orthopaedic Association (1993)

Best Resident's Paper, 3RD Place, Am. Acad. Ped., Orthop. Section (1990)

Magna Cum Laude, UC Berkeley (1983)

Honor Student Society, UC Berkeley (1979-1983)

American Heart Association Student Research Fellowship, American Heart Association (1982)

Administrative Appointments

Chief Orthopaedic Consultant, Women's Tennis Association (WTA), 2011

Board Member, Program Chairman, International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA), 2011

Board Member, Treasurer, International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), 2011

Board Member, Chair Council of Delegates, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2012

Hip-femoral acetabular impingement.
Anderson, C. N., Riley, G. M., Gold, G. E., & Safran, M. R. (2013). Hip-femoral acetabular impingement. Clinics in sports medicine, 32(3), 409-425.

In vitro analysis of peri-articular soft tissues passive constraining effect on hip kinematics and joint stability
Safran, M. R., Lopomo, N., Zaffagnini, S., Signorelli, C., Vaughn, Z. D., & Marcacci, M. (2013). In vitro analysis of peri-articular soft tissues passive constraining effect on hip kinematics and joint stability. KNEE SURGERY SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY ARTHROSCOPY, 21(7), 1655-1663.

Epidemiology of musculoskeletal injury in the tennis player
Abrams, G. D., Renstrom, P. A., & Safran, M. R. (2012). Epidemiology of musculoskeletal injury in the tennis player. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 46(7), 492-498.

MRI and arthroscopy correlations of the elbow: a case-based approach.
Abrams, G. D., Stoller, D. W., & Safran, M. R. (2012). MRI and arthroscopy correlations of the elbow: a case-based approach. Instructional course lectures, 61, 235-249.

MRI and arthroscopy correlations of the hip: a case-based approach.
McCall, D. A., & Safran, M. R. (2012). MRI and arthroscopy correlations of the hip: a case-based approach. Instructional course lectures, 61, 327-344.

Preoperative and Postoperative Sagittal Plane Hip Kinematics in Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement During Level Walking
Rylander, J. H., Shu, B., Andriacchi, T. P., & Safran, M. R. (2011). Preoperative and Postoperative Sagittal Plane Hip Kinematics in Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement During Level Walking. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 39, 36S-42S.

Strains Across the Acetabular Labrum During Hip Motion A Cadaveric Model
Safran, M. R., Giordano, G., Lindsey, D. P., Gold, G. E., Rosenberg, J., & Giori, N. J. (2011). Strains Across the Acetabular Labrum During Hip Motion A Cadaveric Model. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 39, 92S-102S.

An Anatomic Arthroscopic Description of the Hip Capsular Ligaments for the Hip Arthroscopist
Telleria, J. Jm., Lindsey, D. P., Giori, N. J., & Safran, M. R. (2011). An Anatomic Arthroscopic Description of the Hip Capsular Ligaments for the Hip Arthroscopist. ARTHROSCOPY-THE JOURNAL OF ARTHROSCOPIC AND RELATED SURGERY, 27(5), 628-636.

The Labrum of the Hip: Diagnosis and Rationale for Surgical Correction
Freehill, M. T., & Safran, M. R. (2011). The Labrum of the Hip: Diagnosis and Rationale for Surgical Correction. CLINICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 30(2), 293-?.

Hip Instability: Anatomic and Clinical Considerations of Traumatic and Atraumatic Instability
Shu, B., & Safran, M. R. (2011). Hip Instability: Anatomic and Clinical Considerations of Traumatic and Atraumatic Instability. CLINICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 30(2), 349-?.

Review of tennis serve motion analysis and the biomechanics of three serve types with implications for injury
Abrams, G. D., Sheets, A. L., Andriacchi, T. P., & Safran, M. R. (2011). Review of tennis serve motion analysis and the biomechanics of three serve types with implications for injury. SPORTS BIOMECHANICS, 10(4), 378-390.

Case Report Bifid Iliopsoas Tendon Causing Refractory Internal Snapping Hip
Shu, B., & Safran, M. R. (2011). Case Report Bifid Iliopsoas Tendon Causing Refractory Internal Snapping Hip. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, 469(1), 289-293.

The Athlete's Elbow Preface
Safran, M. R. (2010). The Athlete's Elbow Preface. CLINICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 29(4), XIII-XV.

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury in the Overhead Athlete
Hariri, S., & Safran, M. R. (2010). Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury in the Overhead Athlete. CLINICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 29(4), 619-?.

The Acetabular Labrum: Anatomic and Functional Characteristics and Rationale for Surgical Intervention
Safran, M. R. (2010). The Acetabular Labrum: Anatomic and Functional Characteristics and Rationale for Surgical Intervention. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS, 18(6), 338-345.

Arthroscopic Femoral Osteoplasty/Chielectomy for Cam-type Femoroacetabular Impingement in the Athlete
Vaughn, Z. D., & Safran, M. R. (2010). Arthroscopic Femoral Osteoplasty/Chielectomy for Cam-type Femoroacetabular Impingement in the Athlete. SPORTS MEDICINE AND ARTHROSCOPY REVIEW, 18(2), 90-99.

The Evidence for Surgical Repair of Articular Cartilage in the Knee
Safran, M. R., & Seiber, K. (2010). The Evidence for Surgical Repair of Articular Cartilage in the Knee. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS, 18(5), 259-266.

Diagnosis and management of superior labrum anterior posterior lesions in overhead athletes
Abrams, G. D., & Safran, M. R. (2010). Diagnosis and management of superior labrum anterior posterior lesions in overhead athletes. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 44(5), 311-318.

Injuries about the shoulder in skiing and snowboarding
McCall, D., & Safran, M. R. (2009). Injuries about the shoulder in skiing and snowboarding. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 43(13), 987-992.

Graft Orientation Influences the Knee Flexion Moment During Walking in Patients With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Scanlan, S. F., Blazek, K., Chaudhari, A. Mw., Safran, M. R., & Andriacchi, T. P. (2009). Graft Orientation Influences the Knee Flexion Moment During Walking in Patients With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 37(11), 2173-2178.

Stress fracture of the acetabular rim: arthroscopic reduction and internal fixation. A case report.
Epstein, N. J., & Safran, M. R. (2009). Stress fracture of the acetabular rim: arthroscopic reduction and internal fixation. A case report. journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 91(6), 1480-1486.

The use of scaffolds in the management of art articular cartilage injury
Safran, M. R., Kim, H., & Zaffagnini, S. (2008). The use of scaffolds in the management of art articular cartilage injury. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS, 16(6), 306-311.

Injury of the distal biceps at the musculotendinous junction
Schamblin, M. L., & Safran, M. R. (2007). Injury of the distal biceps at the musculotendinous junction. JOURNAL OF SHOULDER AND ELBOW SURGERY, 16(2), 208-212.

A peek into the possible future of management of articular cartilage injuries: Gene therapy and scaffolds for cartilage repair
Kim, H. T., Zaffagnini, S., Mizuno, S., Abelow, S., & Safran, M. R. (2006). A peek into the possible future of management of articular cartilage injuries: Gene therapy and scaffolds for cartilage repair. JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY, 36(10), 765-773.

Short-term effectiveness of hyperthermia for supraspinatus tendinopathy in athletes - A short-term randomized controlled study
Giombini, A., Di Cesare, A., Safran, M. R., Ciatti, R., & Maffulli, N. (2006). Short-term effectiveness of hyperthermia for supraspinatus tendinopathy in athletes - A short-term randomized controlled study. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 34(8), 1247-1253.

MRI analysis of in vivo meniscal and tibiofemoral kinematics in ACL-deficient and normal knees
Shefelbine, S. J., Ma, C. B., Lee, K.-Y., Schrumpf, M. A., Patel, P., & Majumdar, S. (2006). MRI analysis of in vivo meniscal and tibiofemoral kinematics in ACL-deficient and normal knees. JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH, 24(6), 1208-1217.

Postero-medial elbow problems in the adult athlete
Eygendaal, D., & Safran, M. R. (2006). Postero-medial elbow problems in the adult athlete. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 40(5), 430-434.

Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee
Crawford, D. C., & Safran, M. R. (2006). Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS, 14(2), 90-100.

Avoidance and management of intra-articular complications of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Safran, M. R., & Greene, H. S. (2006). Avoidance and management of intra-articular complications of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Instructional course lectures, 55, 475-488.

Extensor mechanism disruption after contralateral middle third patellar tendon harvest for anterior cruciate ligament revision reconstruction - art. no. E1
Busfield, B. T., Safran, M. R., & Cannon, W. D. (2005). Extensor mechanism disruption after contralateral middle third patellar tendon harvest for anterior cruciate ligament revision reconstruction - art. no. E1. ARTHROSCOPY-THE JOURNAL OF ARTHROSCOPIC AND RELATED SURGERY, 21(10), 1268-1268.

Effects of elbow flexion and forearm rotation on valgus laxity of the elbow.
Safran, M. R., McGarry, M. H., Shin, S., Han, S., & Lee, T. Q. (2005). Effects of elbow flexion and forearm rotation on valgus laxity of the elbow. journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 87(9), 2065-2074.

Soft-tissue stabilizers of the elbow
Safran, M. R., & Baillargeon, D. (2005). Soft-tissue stabilizers of the elbow. JOURNAL OF SHOULDER AND ELBOW SURGERY, 14(1), 179S-185S.

Elbow injuries in athletes
Safran, M. R. (2004). Elbow injuries in athletes. CLINICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 23(4), XVII-XIX.

Ulnar collateral ligament injury in the overhead athlete: diagnosis and treatment
Safran, M. R. (2004). Ulnar collateral ligament injury in the overhead athlete: diagnosis and treatment. CLINICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 23(4), 643-?.

Nerve injury about the shoulder in athletes, Part 2 - Long thoracic nerve, spinal accessory nerve, burners/stingers, thoracic outlet syndrome
Safran, M. R. (2004). Nerve injury about the shoulder in athletes, Part 2 - Long thoracic nerve, spinal accessory nerve, burners/stingers, thoracic outlet syndrome. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 32(4), 1063-1076.

Nerve injury about the shoulder in athletes, part 1 - Suprascapular nerve and axillary nerve
Safran, M. R. (2004). Nerve injury about the shoulder in athletes, part 1 - Suprascapular nerve and axillary nerve. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 32(3), 803-819.

Distal biceps tendon ruptures - Incidence, demographics, and the effect of smoking
Safran, M. R., & Graham, S. M. (2002). Distal biceps tendon ruptures - Incidence, demographics, and the effect of smoking. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, (404), 275-283.

Sideline management of common dislocations.
Hodge, D. K., & Safran, M. R. (2002). Sideline management of common dislocations. Current sports medicine reports, 1(3), 149-155.

Shoulder proprioception in baseball pitchers
Safran, M. R., Borsa, P. A., Lephart, S. M., Fu, F. H., & Warner, J. Jp. (2001). Shoulder proprioception in baseball pitchers. JOURNAL OF SHOULDER AND ELBOW SURGERY, 10(5), 438-444.

Musculoskeletal injuries in the young tennis player
Ben Kibler, W., & Safran, M. R. (2000). Musculoskeletal injuries in the young tennis player. CLINICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 19(4), 781-?.

Zoster paresis of the shoulder - Case report and review of the literature
Yaszay, B., Jablecki, C. K., & Safran, M. R. (2000). Zoster paresis of the shoulder - Case report and review of the literature. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, (377), 112-118.

Proprioception in the posterior cruciate ligament deficient knee
Safran, M. R., Allen, A. A., Lephart, S. M., Fu, F. H., & Harner, C. D. (1999). Proprioception in the posterior cruciate ligament deficient knee. KNEE SURGERY SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY ARTHROSCOPY, 7(5), 310-317.

Peroneal tendon subluxation in athletes: new exam technique, case reports, and review
Safran, M. R., O'Malley, D., & Fu, F. H. (1999). Peroneal tendon subluxation in athletes: new exam technique, case reports, and review. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 31(7), S487-S492.

Lateral ankle sprains: a comprehensive review - Part 2: treatment and rehabilitation with an emphasis on the athlete
Safran, M. R., Zachazewski, J. E., Benedetti, R. S., Bartolozzi, A. R., & Mandelbaum, R. (1999). Lateral ankle sprains: a comprehensive review - Part 2: treatment and rehabilitation with an emphasis on the athlete. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 31(7), S438-S447.

Lateral ankle sprains: a comprehensive review - Part 1: etiology, pathoanatomy, histopathogenesis, and diagnosis
Safran, M. R., Benedetti, R. S., Bartolozzi, A. R., & Mandelbaum, B. R. (1999). Lateral ankle sprains: a comprehensive review - Part 1: etiology, pathoanatomy, histopathogenesis, and diagnosis. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 31(7), S429-S437.

The effects of joint position and direction of joint motion on proprioceptive sensibility in anterior cruciate ligament-deficient athletes
Borsa, P. A., Lephart, S. M., Irrgang, J. J., Safran, M. R., & Fu, F. H. (1997). The effects of joint position and direction of joint motion on proprioceptive sensibility in anterior cruciate ligament-deficient athletes. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 25(3), 336-340.

Technical considerations of revision anterior cruciate ligament surgery
Safran, M. R., & Harner, C. D. (1996). Technical considerations of revision anterior cruciate ligament surgery. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, (325), 50-64.

Graft selection in knee surgery. Current concepts.
Safran, M. R. (1995). Graft selection in knee surgery. Current concepts. The American journal of knee surgery, 8(4), 168-180.

ELBOW PROBLEMS IN THE ATHLETE
CALDWELL, G. L., & Safran, M. R. (1995). ELBOW PROBLEMS IN THE ATHLETE. ORTHOPEDIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 26(3), 465-485.

UNCOMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN IN THE ATHLETE
Safran, M. R., & Fu, F. H. (1995). UNCOMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN IN THE ATHLETE. ORTHOPEDIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 26(3), 547-559.

AUTOMOTIVE AIRBAG-RELATED UPPER EXTREMITY INJURIES - A REPORT OF 3 CASES
Freedman, E. L., Safran, M. R., & Meals, R. A. (1995). AUTOMOTIVE AIRBAG-RELATED UPPER EXTREMITY INJURIES - A REPORT OF 3 CASES. JOURNAL OF TRAUMA-INJURY INFECTION AND CRITICAL CARE, 38(4), 577-581.

LOCAL-ANESTHESIA FOR KNEE ARTHROSCOPY - EFFICACY AND COST-BENEFITS
Shapiro, M. S., Safran, M. R., Crockett, H., & Finerman, G. Am. (1995). LOCAL-ANESTHESIA FOR KNEE ARTHROSCOPY - EFFICACY AND COST-BENEFITS. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 23(1), 50-53.

Revision ACL surgery: Technique and results utilizing allografts
Safran, M. R., & Harner, C. D. (1995). Revision ACL surgery: Technique and results utilizing allografts. INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE LECTURES, VOL 44, 1995, 44, 407-415.

ELBOW INJURIES IN ATHLETES - A REVIEW
Safran, M. R. (1995). ELBOW INJURIES IN ATHLETES - A REVIEW. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, (310), 257-277.

DORSAL DEFECT OF THE PATELLA
Safran, M. R., McDonough, P., Seeger, L., Gold, R., & Oppenheim, W. L. (1994). DORSAL DEFECT OF THE PATELLA. JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS, 14(5), 603-607.

151 endoprosthetic reconstructions for patients with primary tumors involving bone.
Safran, M. R., KODY, M. H., Namba, R. S., Larson, K. R., Kabo, J. M., & Eckardt, J. J. (1994). 151 endoprosthetic reconstructions for patients with primary tumors involving bone. Contemporary orthopaedics, 29(1), 15-25.

THE EFFECT OF EXPERIMENTAL HEMARTHROSIS ON JOINT STIFFNESS AND SYNOVIAL HISTOLOGY IN A RABBIT MODEL
Safran, M. R., JOHNSTONJONES, K., Kabo, J. M., & Meals, R. A. (1994). THE EFFECT OF EXPERIMENTAL HEMARTHROSIS ON JOINT STIFFNESS AND SYNOVIAL HISTOLOGY IN A RABBIT MODEL. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, (303), 280-288.

Precision-fit surface hemiarthroplasty for femoral head osteonecrosis. Long-term results.
Amstutz, H. C., Grigoris, P., Safran, M. R., Grecula, M. J., Campbell, P. A., & Schmalzried, T. P. (1994). Precision-fit surface hemiarthroplasty for femoral head osteonecrosis. Long-term results. journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume, 76(3), 423-427.

THE EFFECTS OF DIURETICS ON POSTTRAUMATIC JOINT STIFFNESS AND LIMB SWELLING IN A RABBIT PERIARTICULAR FRACTURE MODEL
Safran, M. R., KODY, M. H., Kabo, J. M., Dorey, F. J., & Meals, R. A. (1994). THE EFFECTS OF DIURETICS ON POSTTRAUMATIC JOINT STIFFNESS AND LIMB SWELLING IN A RABBIT PERIARTICULAR FRACTURE MODEL. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, (302), 284-289.

FOREARM COMPARTMENT SYNDROME FOLLOWING BRACHIAL ARTERIAL PUNCTURE IN UREMIA
Safran, M. R., Bernstein, A., & Lesavoy, M. A. (1994). FOREARM COMPARTMENT SYNDROME FOLLOWING BRACHIAL ARTERIAL PUNCTURE IN UREMIA. ANNALS OF PLASTIC SURGERY, 32(5), 535-538.

EXPANDABLE ENDOPROSTHETIC RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SKELETALLY IMMATURE AFTER MALIGNANT BONE-TUMOR RESECTION
Eckardt, J. J., Safran, M. R., Eilber, F. R., Rosen, G., & Kabo, J. M. (1993). EXPANDABLE ENDOPROSTHETIC RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SKELETALLY IMMATURE AFTER MALIGNANT BONE-TUMOR RESECTION. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, (297), 188-202.

Continued growth of the proximal part of the tibia after prosthetic reconstruction of the skeletally immature knee. Estimation of the minimum growth force in vivo in humans.
Safran, M. R., Eckardt, J. J., Kabo, J. M., & Oppenheim, W. L. (1992). Continued growth of the proximal part of the tibia after prosthetic reconstruction of the skeletally immature knee. Estimation of the minimum growth force in vivo in humans. journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 74(8), 1172-1179.

WARM-UP AND MUSCULAR INJURY PREVENTION AN UPDATE
Safran, M. R., Seaber, A. V., & Garrett, W. E. (1989). WARM-UP AND MUSCULAR INJURY PREVENTION AN UPDATE. SPORTS MEDICINE, 8(4), 239-249.

THE ROLE OF WARMUP IN MUSCULAR INJURY PREVENTION
Safran, M. R., Garrett, W. E., Seaber, A. V., Glisson, R. R., & RIBBECK, B. M. (1988). THE ROLE OF WARMUP IN MUSCULAR INJURY PREVENTION. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 16(2), 123-129.

BIOMECHANICAL COMPARISON OF STIMULATED AND NONSTIMULATED SKELETAL-MUSCLE PULLED TO FAILURE
Garrett, W. E., Safran, M. R., Seaber, A. V., Glisson, R. R., & RIBBECK, B. M. (1987). BIOMECHANICAL COMPARISON OF STIMULATED AND NONSTIMULATED SKELETAL-MUSCLE PULLED TO FAILURE. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 15(5), 448-454.